Greetings and good morning brothers and sisters This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series where we seek to explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years, the heavenly Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them with you. This morning we will ponder our lives as we seek to understand the meaning of the triumph of love.And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Triumph o f Love
"For whosoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." First John, Chapter 5, Verse 4
Brothers and sisters, in today’s broadcast we tell the story of the triumph of love. Our life here on earth is beset with trials and tribulations. Life on this planet is filled with pain, sorrow, and disappointments, and much uncertainty, and it appears that this environment is devoid of love, but in this environment, the birth of the soul takes place-a rigorous environment for the development of a rigorous soul. Jesus told us that in the world we would have tribulation, but to be of good cheer for he had overcome the world and because he overcame the world, through the power of his Spirit of Truth, we can also.
After this soul comes into existence, and after it is born again, it begins the struggle of life long duration to know, and do the Father’s will, the ceaseless process of becoming more and more like the image of his Son, and less and less like the image of our animal nature. With the teaching of the Holy Spirit, imparting spiritual reason, remarkable progress is made in the process of spiritualizing of the mind. Faith-insight is given to the spiritualizing mind by the Father, and the gift of Spiritual philosophy is given to the spiritualizing mind by the Spirit of Truth. These spiritual endowments indicate our spiritual destiny. After all we are to become spiritually perfect even as the heavenly Father is perfect. He commanded us to do just that.
Having been given these endowments, the soil is prepared for the spiritualization process of the mind to proceed. There are three stages of this process. Stage one: The first stage of this process begins when we make our first moral decision, thus demonstrating that we recognize good from evil, and further that we can choose good over evil. During this stage of the spiritualization process of the mind, which last until about twenty years of age, the divine spirit functions as thought changers. This spirit works by and through love. It gradually changes purely selfish thoughts for unselfish thoughts. And it does this by placing “a slight preference upon the altruistic impulse as leading to the goal of human happiness and to the joys of the kingdom of heaven.”
Stage two: From the age of twenty to sixty, 40 years, the spirit of love functions as a thought elevator. Having completed the exchange of purely selfish thoughts for unselfish ones, this spirit of love then moves to elevate these unselfish thoughts to spiritual levels, by increasing the spiritual contents of them. More and more the moral thoughts are overshadowed by the thoughts of love as the motive for moral acts.
Stage three: This stage begins around sixty years of age and lasts until death or translations occurs. Having elevated or adjusted the thoughts to divine levels, the spirit of love then functions as a thought controller. This is the ripening period, wherein the thoughts having ascended to divine levers, become fixated upon the divine will. During this period of time, the spirit of love is able to increasingly keep the mortal's mind focused on the Father's way. This now spiritualized mind always says, “not my will but your will be done.” Gone is the temptation to doubt the Father’s love or his divine plan for our lives.
During the relative long process of spiritualization, the spirit of the Son, the Spirt of Truth is able to increasingly function. The spirit of the Son instructs the mortal mind as to which mode of behavior is most acceptable to the Father. This is a gradual process, imperceptible from day to day. But finally the day arrives when the our souls become one with this spirit of the Father, this spirit of love. Then begins the continuous beautiful harvest of the fruits of the spirit-love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
Giving an environment of uncertainty-both physically and morally, the soul begins to receive that sublime education that results in faith and trust in spiritual realities. After learning that it can never know what to expect next, the soul learns that it will always be able to overcome any difficulty that lies in the path to perfection-finding the Father, and becoming like Him in the process. And what an education. We become very familiar with pain, sorrow, and disappointment. We learn that once we enter an experience, we can do nothing to stop the experience, but we can change our reaction to the experience. We accomplishes this by using the very occasion of the experience to rededicate and reconsecrate our will to doing the Father's will, flooding our minds and souls with the divine meanings and values. The soul is kept afloat by an unquenchable hope.
Finally our souls discovers their true purpose for existence-to bear continually the fruits of the spirit, and in the process to become a permanent member of the vine of loving service. Our souls learns to pray to the Father through the Son for help in our efforts to love our brothers and sisters, as Jesus loves us, and is not satisfied with anything short of that goal. The spirit of the Son constantly tells our souls that it is right to treat our brothers and sisters this way, regardless of what is going on, no matter how we might feel, irrespective of how we may be treated in return. And in the final analysis, this is truth, beauty, and goodness, even as they are united in love, And this is the highest revelation of the Father's character that we can comprehend. What a triumph of love! By doing the Father’s will, we are transformed into the “image of his Son.”
This concludes today's message on understanding the triumph of love. We hope you find something in this message to ponder and pray about as you go about your day.
Until next time, this is Dr. James Perry.